26 Jun 2015

Eight debutants named in Black Ferns team

10:38 am on 26 June 2015

The New Zealand women's rugby coach Glenn Moore has named eight new caps in his squad to play Canada in the first game of the Women's Super Series in Calgary.

Black Ferns rugby player Selica Winiata

Black Ferns rugby player Selica Winiata Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Forwards Toka Natua, Charmaine Smith, Charlene Halapua and back Stacey Waka will debut in the starting lineup, while Aldora Itunu, Angie Sisifa, Kiritapu Demant and Janna Vaughn have been named on the bench.

Moore says they've settled in well in camp and are focussed on winning matches.

He says every day they've been there the women have been stepping up more and more, they're very well prepared and there's a high level of desire to win.

Moore says they've really been putting in the extra yards, on and off the field.

He says the new members of the squad have fronted up well and were ready to pull on the black jersey, adding when the team takes to the field this weekend they will be ready to step up and play for New Zealand.

Canada finished second to England in the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2014.

The Black Ferns will face England, USA and Canada in the Women's Super Series.

Moore is interim coach, after Greg Smith voluntarily stood down from the tour following a Waikato Rugby judicial decision to suspend him from coaching for 14 weeks for verbally abusing match officals while coaching for the club Fraser-Tech.

The Black Ferns team to face Canada in their first match in the Women's Super Series in Calgary, Alberta on Sunday (NZT)....

The team is as follows:

Toka Natua* Waikato

Fiao'o Fa'amausili (c) Auckland

Aleisha Nelson Auckland

Eloise Blackwell Auckland

Charmaine Smith* North Harbour

Charlene Halapua* Auckland

Justine Lavea Auckland

Linda Itunu Auckland

Kendra Cocksedge Canterbury

Victoria Subritzki-Nafatali Otago

Renee Wickliffe Auckland

Chelsea Alley Waikato

Stacey Waaka* Waikato

Honey Hireme Waikato

Selica Winiata (vc) Manawatu


Teresa Te Tamaki Waikato

Aldora Itunu* Auckland

Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate Counties Manukau

Angie Sisifa* Otago

Lesley Ketu Waikato

Emma Jensen Auckland

Kiritapu Demant* Auckland

Janna Vaughan* Manawatu

*new caps

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